(08:40) Santa Cruz - The UCSC campus police reported that due to the strike that is taking place today, traffic is backed up in both entrances to the campus. A spokesperson for the Teamsters Local 2010 says that administrative, clerical, and other support positions are striking due to being underpaid. 70 percent of staff members suffer from hunger or food insecurity, and wages have decreased by 24 percent over the last 18 years. UCSC officials say the strike will not effect classes.
(06:25) Santa Cruz - The California Highway patrol has announced the all lanes on Highway 17 are now open. Northbound lanes were closed yesterday due to a mudslide that brought down trees and a power lines. Crews worked over 24 hours to clear the area.
An environmental site assessment of Scotts Valley Middle School, will be presented to Scotts Valley Unified School District board members at their meeting tomorrow evening. The more than 500 page report shows that only 2 of the 7 potential contaminants require further action. They are the chemicals that were used to kill termites (that have contaminated some of the soil on the site) and lead (from the old paint on the building). The meeting is slated to begin at 6 p-m in Scotts Valley City Hall.
The San Lorenzo River in Felton, Corralitos Creek, the Carmel River in Carmel Valley, the Big Sur River in Big Sur, ALL spilled over their banks Sunday during the storm. Voluntary evacuations were ordered for the Interlake and College Road neighborhoods of Watsonville, after the Pajaro River levee nearly breached. The residents of 10 homes along the Carmel River were evacuated today due to flooding there. Heavy rain is forecast to return to the Central Coast tonight, tomorrow, and tomorrow night.....with yet another round of storms.
2 men, who managed to mostly stay on their surfboards on Aptos Creek Sunday, were swept down the river and out to sea at Rio Del Mar Beach. They then managed to paddle their way back to shore. Locals, who were glad the duo made it back safely, remembered 21 year-old surfer (Edward Arko) who drowned while trying to surf Soquel Creek with friends in the storms of 1980.
An 11 year-old Watsonville boy was rescued yesterday after he was caught in swift-moving water along Laken Drive. That’s near the intersection of Holohan Road and Highway 152 around 1 p-m. The boy was playing with a stick when he lost his footing and fell into the water. His 15 year-old brother jumped in and kept the younger boy’s head above water until emergency responders got to them.
DUE TO A SHORT-TERM SERIOUS WATER SHORTAGE, SANTA CRUZ CITY WATER CUSTOMERS ARE ASKED TO CUT BACK THEIR WATER-USE 30 PERCENT THIS WEEK, AND TO POSTPONE ANY NON-ESSENTIAL USES (SUCH AS LAUNDRY AND AUTOMATIC DISHWASHERS). THAT’S BECAUSE THE STORM CAUSED A LEAK OF ABOUT 15-HUNDRED GALLONS-A-MINUTE IN THE NEWELL CREEK PIPELINE. THAT PIPELINE, WHICH IS THE MAIN ARTERY FROM THE LOCH LOMOND RESERVOIR TO THE GRAHAM HILL WATER TREATMENT PLANT, HAS BEEN SHUT DOWN, BUT IT’S EXPECTED TO TAKE SEVERAL DAYS (TO A WEEK) TO REPAIR. THAT MEANS THAT SANTA CRUZ ONLY HAS ENOUGH FOR BASIC PUBLIC HEALTH AND SAFETY NEEDS.
THE ICONIC TUNNEL TREE IN CALAVERAS COUNTY CAME DOWN OVER THE WEEKEND. THE ANCIENT SEQUOIA, FORMALLY KNOWN AS THE PIONEER CABIN TREE, HAD THE TUNNEL CARVED OUT IN THE LATE 1800’S….TO ALLOW HORSES (AND LATER CARS) TO PASS THROUGH THE LIVING TREE. PEOPLE HAVE ONLY BEEN ALLOWED TO WALK THROUGH THE TUNNEL IN RECENT YEARS. OVER THE WEEKEND, THE ANCIENT TREE FELL DURING A MAJOR RAINSTORM.
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